Marjorie Sherlock
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Marjorie Sherlock

Marjorie Sherlock
Born1897[nb 1]
EducationWestminster Technical Institute, Slade School of Fine Art, Royal College of Art
Known forPainting and etching
Wilfrid Kenyon Tufnell Barrett (divorced)

Marjorie Sherlock (1897-1973)[nb 1] was a British painter and etcher. Three books of her etchings were published between 1925 and 1932. Her painting Liverpool Street Station, now in the Government Art Collection, was first shown at the Royal Academy in 1917 and in 1987 was at 10 Downing Street when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

She studied at the Westminster Technical Institute, a pupil of Walter Sickert and Harold Gilman; at the Slade School of Fine Art; and the Royal College of Art. In Paris, she studied and worked with André Dunoyer de Segonzac and André Lhote. She was influenced by the Camden Town Group. Her works were exhibited at the Royal Academy for 50 years. She was a friend and travelling companion of Orovida Pissarro, the daughter of Lucien Pissarro.

Personal life

Alice Marjorie Sherlock was born to Alice Mary (née Platts) Sherlock and civil engineer Henry Alexander George Sherlock at Fir Tree Cottage, George Lane, Wanstead, Essex.[1][nb 1] In 1918 she married her first cousin, Wilfrid Kenyon Tufnell Barrett, who was born in 1897. They later divorced. Barrett, who had the title Major, died in 1975.[1] She was described as "a woman of distinct and forceful character."[1]

Sherlock liked to travel and visited the United States during the depression. In the 1940s she moved to Axminster, near Ottery St Mary in a "rambling" and "isolated" house. Orovida Pissarro, the daughter of Lucien Pissarro, lived near her and financed trips for the two of them. Sherlock grew her own vegetables and made her own clothes to supplement her limited income. She died of a heart attack on 2 April 1973 at her house on Angela Court in Tipton St John, Devon.[1][2]


During World War I, Sherlock studied under Walter Sickert and Harold Gilman at the Westminster Technical Institute. In 1917 Liverpool Street Station, an oil painting, was exhibited at the Royal Academy.[1] Gilman died in 1919, after only a short time as a teacher at Westminster, but by then he had inspired a loyal group of followers, including Mary Godwin, Ruth Doggett, and Sherlock, who carried on with his approach into the 1920s and 1930s.[3]

Sherlock also studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and studied etching beginning in 1926 at the Royal College of Art. She worked in Paris with Dunoyer de Segonzac and André Lhote.[1][2]


Sherlock made oil paintings and copper etchings, in pen and ink, and in pencil. She created detailed, complex works, like the etching Waterloo Station.[1] Her Egyptian, German and Indian etchings were published in 1925, 1929 and 1932, respectively.[1] She was influenced by the Camden Town Group.[4][5][nb 2]

For more than 50 years her works were exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts.[2] There were also exhibited in other group exhibitions at the Carnegie Institute, the International Society of Sculptors, Painters, and Gravers, the Royal Society of British Artists, Chicago Society of Etchers, the New English Art Club, and the Society of Graphic Art.[1]

Her painting Liverpool Street, made in 1917, was in the 10 Downing Street collection in 1987, when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.[7]


A few of her works are:


  1. ^ a b c The BBC Your Paintings series and many other sources state that she was born in 1897.[2] the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography stated that she was born 3 February 1891.[1]
  2. ^ Camden Town Group was a male-member organization, but there were female artists like Ethel Sands, Anna Hope Hudson and Sherlock that were involved on the periphery.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Wendy Baron, Sickert, Walter, pupils (act. 1890-1939). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Railway Lines in the Snow." BBC. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Pupils and followers" in The Camden Town Group, p. 68, at
  4. ^ Ian Chilvers. (1999) A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 110. Accessed via Questia, a subscription required service.
  5. ^ The Camden Town Group. Carrick Design. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  6. ^ Ian Chilvers, A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), 110. It was accessed via Questia, a subscription required site.
  7. ^ Paintings at 10 Downing Street. Hansard. United Kingdom Parliament. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Liverpool Street Station." BBC. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Liverpool Street Station." Government Art Collection. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Liverpool Street Station in the Twenties." BBC. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Landscape with Railway." BBC. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Landscape with Railway." Government Art Collection. Retrieved 17 January 2014.

Further reading

  • P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. British printmakers, 1850-1940: exhibition 21 May to 17 June 1975. P & D Colnaghi & Co. Ltd.; 1975. p. 22.
  • Country Life. Country Life, Limited; 1986. p. 116-119.
  • Kenneth M. Guichard. British etchers, 1850-1940. George Pryor; 1977. p. 58.
  • Marcus Bourne Huish; David Croal Thomson; Albert Charles Robinson Carter. The Year's Art. Macmillan and Company; 1942. p. 49.
  • Raymond Lister. With my own wings: the memoirs of Raymond Lister. Oleander Press; 31 December 1994. ISBN 978-0-906672-66-2. p. 76, 97.
  • Lucien Pissarro. Lucien Pissarro: His Watercolours : [exhibition] Wednesday 3rd to Friday 26th October 1990. Spink; 1990. p. 55.
  • Marjorie Sherlock; Maltzahn Gallery. Marjorie Sherlock (1897-1973): Etchings--drawings--paintings: November-December 1973. Maltzahn Gallery; 1973.
  • The review of English studies. 1929. p. 511.

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